MIDDLETOWN – The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation has a new leader. The executive board elected Sparrow Tobin of Middletown on Tuesday to lead the regional organization for the next two-and-a-half years. He replaces Bill Riccaldo, who has retired from his civil service job.
Tobin’s goal is to “create a more visible and dynamic labor movement” in the seven-county Hudson Valley region the group represents.
“I am looking forward to working with our partners in organized labor, our affiliates and our allies, as well as our community leaders and our city governments and politicians and attracting good union jobs to the Hudson Valley that have benefits and that people can make careers out of,” he said.
Tobin, a school teacher, is a representative of the New York State United Teachers union. He is also an elected Middletown city alderman.
The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation represents union workers in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Greene, Columbia and Rockland counties.